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PICK OF THE DAY; Forget Albania, Freddie's the king of the ring.

Live boxing BoxNation, 8.30pm EVERY generation gets the hero it deserves, apparently, and Andrew Flintoff is ours, writes James Milton.

The ex-England all-rounder and pedalo skipper makes his first appearance as a professional boxer in Manchester this evening, taking on Richard Dawson.

That news may alarm fans of occasional England spinners but after extensive research I can confirm that Flintoff's opponent is not the Richard Dawson who took 11 Test wickets at an average of almost 62 in the early years of the 21st century.

Hopefully Flintoff's foray into pugilism won't end in a pounding as painful as the 2006-07 Ashes when the England side he captained was pummelled 5-0 by Australia.

Of course, Freddie isn't the first cricketing Renaissance man - CB Fry, famously, was an England international at football and cricket, a brilliant rugby player, holder of the long-jump world record and a politician who was once sounded out about becoming the King of Albania.

Mind you, the Edwardian show-off never appeared on A League Of Their Own with James Corden, did he?
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 30, 2012
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